Monday, April 3, 2017


A popular social media trend recently has focused on what has become known as "fails." Used with the hashtag, people can share a #fail picture or video for the entire Twitterverse to enjoy.

A generation ago these were known as bloopers. I remember popping in my VHS tape of sports bloopers, laughing at the center fielder slamming into the wall, the power forward missing a dunk, and the running back fumbling the ball when no defender was around. Now days a blooper is a fail, and the VCR fits in the palm of the hand. My wife is especially fond of the Pinterest Fails, where people try to recreate something from the popular site Pinterest, but their version looks nothing like the original; users will post the original picture, then their sad attempt, and simply write the caption #Fail.

These fails are shared for our entertainment, but the truth is we all have failed, and it is no laughing matter. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." The Greek word translated as sin means, "to fail or miss the mark."

When we compare ourselves deadbeats and drunkards, we might feel pretty good about who we are. We need to see ourselves the way God sees us--as failures who have missed His standard of perfection. We can identify with those who aimed for perfection but ended up on the blooper reel. We each could write #Fail across a snapshot of our lives.

That might sound harsh, but no one can be saved if they don't realize they need saving. No one can be forgiven if they don't understand their offense. God is willing to clean up our mess the second we call out to Him.

The biggest failure of all is living this life and dying without having a relationship with Jesus. Don't make that mistake.

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